Brighton based Dessie Magee, hails from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Growing up Dessie found it difficult staying out of trouble and avoiding regular run-ins with the police. Eventually he began singing in the heavy music scene, a well timed saving grace and positive outlet. But, eventually this resulted in Dessie having to undergo major throat surgery, a result of which he was unable to speak for months after. Despite the injury, Dessie was determined to pursue his musical career and after a long period of rehabilitation he began learning to speak again, and eventually was able to sing again.
Many people in this situation would rule out a future in music but his persistence and passion for music gave him the ambition to strive for success and begin his new journey. With a diverse musical background and a new found resilience, Dessie’s music took a completely different direction..
Since then, and as a 100% DIY artist, Dessie's accolades include:
-BBC Radio Introducing Track Of The Day x3
-Supported Van Morrison (Bath, 2019)
-The Unsigned Guides Track of the Month
-BBC Radio Live Session & Facebook HQ London Live Session
-200k+ Spotify / Apple streams
-800k+ video views
-Secured sync placement with Major Games developer Climax Studio (Assassins Creed, Fable)
-Played a sold out Haunt (Brighton, 400cap)
-Played a sold out Concorde 2 (Brighton, 600cap)
-7x full band self-funded UK tours
-Booked, managed and funded 10 date American Tour
-1 month in the top five Music For Your Heart French Charts
We Love That Sound: “We've discovered the next big Singer songwriting talent from Brighton for you, DESSIE MAGEE.”
Music For Your Heart: “...an energetic and powerful folk music that takes us from the first seconds of the song.”
Tambourhinoceros: “Both production, songwriting and performance is pretty flawless”
Loodma Recordings: "Amazing voice as well as the lyrics - beautiful work!
Wolf in Suit: “Amazing and powerful vocals”
BuffaBLOG: "Dessie Magee's vocals were most outstanding on "Maze”
Mp3hugger: “An epic capable of closing any set and leaving us gasping for me. Impressive stuff…”
Medium.com: “Dessie Magee possesses that raw, poetic passion that few singer-songwriters can harness. His husky voice and powerful delivery and it’s absolutely addictive. For those tired of the man and a guitar formula, let Dessie lead you back in.”
EarToTheGround: “A great mix of Irish sounds with an alt twist”
Various Small Flames: "The vocals are distinctive and its hard not to get swept away by the energy”
Indie Folk Central: "Bloody good track! Loving the production of this and raw vocals. Seriously, this is a good song"